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The Murder of Harriet Monckton

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  768 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Paperback, 528 pages
Published July 18th 2019 by Myriad Editions (first published September 27th 2018)
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Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Harriet Monckton was a young woman who got pregnant and was murdered in a small town of Bromley in 1843. The justice was never done as the murderer went unpunished. This tragedy prompted Elizabeth Haynes to write a novel based on factual information still available in the archives and by doing so, to remember the tragic fate of Harriet. I consider this novel to be one of the best of the genre I have read this year for several reasons: the mystery, period details and narration. I should add here ...more
Tracy Fenton
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you follow my reviews or are a member of THE Book Club then you will know that Elizabeth Haynes is one of my all time favourite authors and her debut book INTO THE DARKEST CORNER is, in my humble opinion, the BEST psychological thriller EVER. So you can imagine my surprise, delight and excitement to receive one of the first advanced copy proofs of her new book THE MURDER OF HARRIET MONCKTON, especially as I didn’t even know she had written a new book!

I will admit to feeling slightly less
Liz Barnsley
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh I LOVED this. Deeply atmospheric, beautifully written with a sense of place and character that really dug deep.
Based on a true story, Elizabeth Haynes takes us through the last days and death of Harriet Monckton, explores the deep seated habits and motivations of all those around her, in an absolutely gripping and richly descriptive historical novel that is hard to put aside once started. It is at turns an addictive mystery and a memorial of this forgotten girl and her forgotten child, as
Bill Kupersmith
Of all varieties of crime fiction, an historical based on fact may be the most difficult to execute. It requires all the best qualities of a fiction writer; whilst most of the characters and some of the plot are on tap, making them lively and believable is still up to the author. Then the writer has to be a social historian to imitate the manners and customs of the age, and to make the dialogue convincing requires an historical linguist. Language is the bane of contemporary writers; it is ...more
The Book Review Café
I’m convinced I have just read a book that’s definitely going to be on my list of “top reads of 2018”of the year. I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Haynes writing and I love a good crime thriller, but until now I’ve always shied away from historical crime fiction I much prefer to read books written in the “here and now”. I’m thrilled that I decided to put my concerns to one side and pick up The Murder Of Harriet Monckton, what a fabulous book it turned out to be. I will never forget Harriet Monckton’s ...more
Maria Hill AKA MH Books
In the author's own words this is a “dramatic fictionalisation based on a true story”.

In 1843 a single but pregnant Harriet Monkton was found poisoned in a privy out the back of her local chapel. Based on her research of the inquests into Harriet’s death, Elizabeth Haynes tells us a story of what might have happened to Harriet that evening and who may just have been guilty.

Haynes has done an exceptional job of bringing some of these genuine historical characters to life; blending what she has
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, wow, wow! What an incredible novel this is!

This is one of those books I saw pass by on Twitter one day and, despite knowing very little about it, promptly decided I’d buy myself a copy. It took exactly one page for me to absolutely fall in love with the Victorian era atmosphere and the wonderful writing.

The Murder of Harriet Monckton is based on a true story. In 1843, 23 year old Harriet Monckton was found murdered in a privy behind a chapel she had attended regularly. The autopsy revealed
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a slow burner...but a wonderful and rewarding read.
It is a fictionalised account of a true story of the murder of Harriet Monckton in 1843 in Bromley.

The time is spent on exploring the depths of the characters involved and the time/place in which it is set. It is so immersive and I felt like I was there in 1843!

Told in short chapters in the first person from each of the major characters alternatately draws you into the narrative. There are also fictionalised diary entries from Harriet
H.A. Leuschel
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an atmospheric, gripping and at times very upsetting read for me! The author brought Harriet Monckton to life in a thoughtful and believable way and posthumously did the heroine very proud. Many times did I feel like reaching into the book and giving Harriet a hug to reassure her. She endured too much at the hands of two cowardly men, yes one worse than the other, but the book cleverly portrayed the ease with which women's lives were so easily dismissed or discarded and even women among ...more
Very good, a really immersive story of the intriguing murder of a young girl in 1843 made more so by the fact that it is based on reality. I bought this purely on the authors name as I've loved everything else I have read by her and I wasn't disappointed.

Told in short passages from each of the main characters with original documents copied at the end.
C.L. Taylor
Probably the best historical crime novel I have ever read. Elizabeth Haynes' skill as a writer was in every word of every page; not once did I doubt that I was in Bromley in 1843. The characters were superb: villains, lovers, friends and Harriet herself were so well formed with distinctive voices. The mystery was gripping and I was thrilled to discover I'd guessed the murderer wrong. Haynes passion for Harriet's story (it's based on a real crime) is the life blood of this book and I found the ...more
Renita D'Silva
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I didn't think it was possible for me not to love a book written by Elizabeth Haynes. This is basically a true crime story about the search to find Harriet's killer. What I didn't like about the book is that it fictionalizes a whole section of the book about a journal by Harriet that never existed. This is a Victorian era crime that has never been solved. There was an inquest that took place and Harriet was pregnant and discovered dead in the
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was extremely lucky to receive an Advanced Reader Copy of this quite tremendous book from the fantastic group, The Book Club. Thank you to them, the publisher and the brilliant author, Elizabeth Haynes.

I received it beautifully packaged, complete with sealing wax and tag, and I was so reluctant to open it as I didn’t want to ruin the whole thing: I felt like I had received Harriet’s journal directly from her.

When I did open it, there’s a beautiful inscription inside and a lovely card, with a
This was a fictionalised true crime.
Harriet Monckton , an unmarried school mistress is found dead in the privy of a chapel , and there are various suspects including the preacher , Verral, Harriet's former landlord and the much older Richard, Tom Churcher, who was sweet upon her, Francis - the older school mistress who had a special affection for her and a couple more lesser characters

Her inquest stretches out into more than a couple of years and still , the murderer goes undetected .

Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
I love Victorian mysteries and have read a few over the years. I have also read and enjoyed a couple of books by Elizabeth Haynes, including the brilliant 'Into the Darkest Corner', so when I found out that her newest book was about a true crime story that took place in the 19th century, I didn't think twice to download and read it. The atmospheric, creepy cover was enough to draw me in.

Harriet Monckton, a young woman in her twenties, was murdered on the 6th of November 1843 in Bromley.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't describe how I felt when I opened the beautifully wrapped parcel that contained my copy of
The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth Haynes.
I know that I gasped out loud, as I had no idea that this book was being written and this author is one of my all time favourites.

I was intrigued to find that this was not another psychological thriller or police procedurals, but a historical crime novel, and based on real events. Whilst historical fiction is not my favourite genre, I was convinced
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Haynes took her inspiration for The Murder of Harriet Monckton from actual historical documents about an unsolved murder from 1843. Haynes scoured archives to try and find out if the case was ever solved. It wasn’t, but Haynes uses all of the available information about the crime scene and the suspects to create a solution to Harriet’s murder. She does an absolutely incredible job of taking the scant information gleaned from newspapers, court documents, and letters to bring Bromley of ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so lucky to receive a beautifully wrapped signed copy of this book .... and that was just the beginning of a beautiful story full of intrigue . Elizabeth Haynes is indeed an amazing author and has proved so on so many occasions but this is simply a masterpiece of her work . Based on only 2 documents she has brought Harriet’s story to life with colourful characters and mystery throughout . Thankyou for the story and may Harriet rest in peace . Thanks to the fabulous Facebook book club for ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 - 4 stars. I’ve found this one a difficult one to review and hence the amount of time it’s taken me to do so. I’ve really enjoyed all of Elizabeth Haynes previous books and rated them highly. This one is a real departure from her other novels as it’s based on a real event. Harriet Monckton was murdered in Bromley, Kent in 1843 and her story is told by several key characters and by Harriet herself via a journal. I really enjoyed the first part of the book and I would have given it 5 stars at ...more
A riveting read that had many twists and turns and teases the reader relentlessly up until the final page as to whodunnit. I don't read crime fiction often, but Harriet Monckton's story strikes very close to home with me as it is based on true events and more importantly, is set in Bromley, a place I know very well.

The novel not only serves to criticise the judicial system at the time, but also puts a spotlight on the grim lives of Victorian women and their hardships. I often felt fury at the
Annie Crozier
Didn't finish, might go back but found myself disliking all the characters to the point that I just wasn't interested. Gutted because I love Elizabeth Haynes.
The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
Brilliant book based on the true events of an unsolved murder in 1843. Poor Harriet. Finally she has a voice. #MeToo
Louise Mullins
An absorbing and very well written piece of crime fiction based almost exclusively on the true murder of Harriet Monckton. It's definitely within the slow-burner category, but the pace ratchets up when we get to hear from one of the suspects midway through. Although the pace slows again for 100 pages before launching the reader into a twisty tale where everyone becomes a suspect for very plausible reasons. I had an inkling I knew who the offender was and was pleasantly surprised I'd been ...more
Having grown up not far from Bromley, I'd heard of the unsolved murder of Harriet Monckton long before this book was written. So when I learned Elizabeth Haynes was writing a fictional novel based on the historical true crime, the book was firmly placed on my radar and I eagerly anticipated its release. I'm pleased to say it flat out floored me and completely exceeded my expectations.

While conducting research for a different novel at the National Archives in Kew, London, Elizabeth Haynes
Ali Bookworm
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this book pretty quickly given that it was a library book due back soon and with reserves. It was a very thick book and I did struggle a bit, and ended up skipping some. However I got the gyst of the story and was the ending was a good surprise. Not the authors usual type.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really my usual fare, but I did enjoy the mystery of if, though it dragged on a little long.
Deb Lancaster
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written and sensitively imagined. There is, of course, no possible way to know what Harriet was really like, but shining a light on her is important. Whatever the truth, I'm glad I got to know about her.
June Lim
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Victorian cold case which has resurfaced through the author's diligent research and ideas thus evolving into a splendid read.Extremely engaging as it is partly factual and the ending was hypothetical but otherwise a great and unsuspecting end.

The first pages just lures you in to try and figure out who murdered Harriet or did she take her own life. Such a heart compelling tale of a young innocent lady who has been taken advantaged off and forced into motherhood without her knowledge.

Allie Cresswell
Interesting story inspired by real life events

This book was unlike the other book by Haynes I have read and in some ways I liked it better but in other ways I didn’t think it was as compelling.
A number of people are implicated in the sudden death of a young woman in a small town in nineteenth century Britain. The narrative flips from one to the other, each in the first person and yet none of them really telling the truth.
Gradually, though, the truth comes out.
The author is constrained by the
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Elizabeth Haynes grew up in Seaford, Sussex and studied English, German and Art History at Leicester University.

She previously worked as a police intelligence analyst and lives in Norfolk with her husband and son.